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Early Career Researcher International Travel Grant

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Early Career Researcher International Travel Grant
Funder: UniSA Internal Grant
Aims: The Early Career Researcher International Travel Grant (ECRITG) provides Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who have the potential to become future research leaders, with an opportunity to visit an internationally based research group or industry collaborator. This visit will assist to develop or enhance an effective international collaboration to further the ECR's research, accelerate its translation and establish their profile as a researcher. The ECRITG will enable positive research opportunities for both the ECR and the University, through the creation of international relationships and the sharing of knowledge.

A successful ECRITG applicant will:
  • Propose a visit that aligns with, and builds upon a strong area of research at UniSA;
  • Outline the visit's strategic links and the proposed outcomes, which are of benefit to both the University and the applicant;
  • Be nominated by a UniSA Research Leader (Level D or E Professor), who will mentor and provide support and advice as required to the ECR;
  • Be considered to have the potential to be a future leader by their Head of School and the Divisional Dean: Research and Innovation, who will provide their support for both the development of the ECR and the specific strategic visit; and
  • Include a statement of support from the host institution / industry partner.
Funding: The ECRITG supports two forms of international collaborations, either a visit to an internationally based university or an international industry placement.

Consideration will be given to requests to visit domestic institutions / collaborators in exceptional circumstances, such as a collaboration with experts on Aboriginal research.

Budgetary conditions:
  • A maximum of $12,000 per grant is available. Up to 20 grants will be funded per annum.
  • The approved funds are to be used for travel costs, including visas, flights, accommodation, conference registration fees**, taxi fares, meals and incidentals.
  • The ATO Travel Allowance rulings provide a guide as to what may be incurred as reasonable expenditure on accommodation, meals and incidentals. Section 11 provides additional guidance on reasonable expenses that will be covered and/or reimbursed by the University.
  • To promote equity, along with the costs of travel and accommodation the funding may be used towards costs involving childcare which will enable the applicant to take part in the scheme. This must be specified in the application and can include childcare services and / or the cost of a carer accompanying the applicant on the trip.
  • All purchases must be made in accordance with the University's procurement procedures.
**Please note: the award is not intended to support conference attendance only, but in some disciplines it may be an appropriate networking opportunity. The Divisional Dean: Research and Innovation will need to provide their support for this request and the success of the application will be at the discretion of the DVC:R&I.
Key eligibility information: The applicant must:
  • Be within 5 years of their PhD award conferral date (periods of career interruption will be considered);
  • Be employed by UniSA at 0.5 FTE minimum, with a contract end date of 6 months or more from the return date of proposed travel;
  • Be nominated by a UniSA Research Leader (Level D & E Professor) who will mentor the applicant, providing support and advice;
  • Propose a visit of a minimum of 4 weeks duration visiting the host institution / industry collaborator, which must be located overseas. Shorter visits will be considered at the discretion of the DVC:RI.
    Please note, consideration will be made to requests to visit domestic institutions / collaborators in exceptional circumstances, such as a collaboration with experts on Aboriginal research.
  • Provide a statement from the Divisional Dean: Research and Innovation in support of the visit, outlining the alignment to the Research and Innovation Strategic Plan.
  • Negotiate their absence with their line manager and have the support of the Head of School / Institute Director.
  • Provide a statement of support from the visiting institution / industry collaborator.
  • All travel must be taken within 12 months from application approval and must adhere to the employment contract condition as listed above.
Reporting requirements: At the conclusion of the visit, the ECR is required to provide a report to the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation via the Divisional Dean: Research and Innovation which outlines their research and other activities while at the host institution, along with the benefits of their visit on the template provided within one month of their return.

In order to ensure that the outcomes and benefits of the placement are adequately communicated, especially to other ECRs contemplating an application, the awardee will be expected to give an open seminar at the divisional level within six months of their return, which will be overseen by the Divisional Dean: Research and Innovation.
Key dates: The Early Career Researcher International Travel Grant is a rolling scheme and is currently open for applications.
Application Process:    
Please download the application form and complete all relevant sections.

Submit your completed application form to: Research.Development@unisa.edu.au
Resources: Final Report Template
Key Contacts: Andrew.Beveridge@unisa.edu.au (ext 25761)




 


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